Contact: Wendy D’Alessandro
TURLOCK, Calif., May 18, 2015 – Covenant Village of Turlock is a small community of 300, but its altruistic residents logged 4,319 volunteer hours in the local community in 2014. On May 9, the faithbased, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community honored nearly 100 of its residents and staff members for their commitment to the greater good with a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Klaus Richter. This year’s theme was “Springtime in the Garden.”
“The need to serve doesn’t diminish with age,” said Executive Director Bob Howell. “Some of our busiest volunteers are in their 90s and they continue to enrich the lives of others in their own small way. In fact, one of our residents just retired from volunteering at the local blood bank. She was 93!”
Residents volunteer at schools, hospitals, libraries, the police department and the local food bank. Recently, a group of seven residents and three staff members helped prepare 131 boxes of food for the Feed My Starving Children ministry at Hilmar Covenant Church. Another group of residents is sewing clothing for
orphans in Africa. So far, they’ve completed 40 dresses.
“We try to be good neighbors wherever we’re needed,” said Howell. “We are a faith-based community, so sharing our time and talent with others is a way of life for us.”
The same philanthropic mission is alive and well on campus. Residents volunteer at the mini-market or the Sound Room, where they record many of the programs showcased on campus. Covenant Village donates hundreds of hours in building usage each year for meetings, community classes, galas and charity events.
In February, Covenant Village hosted Mayor Gary Soiseth for his State of the City address and welcomed Turlock’s first responders for what’s become an Annual Appreciation Breakfast. Twice a week 50-60 local seniors fill the halls for an exercise program and the Turlock Fire and Police Departments use Covenant
Village to conduct training programs regularly on campus.
“This is who we are,” said Howell. “Thanks to the LifeConnect™ partnership we have with residents, everyone – the residents and staff, alike – can live a life with purpose and serve the greater community.”
LifeConnect creates opportunities for individuals to pursue whole-person wellness so they remain vital members of the community. Opportunities include educational and cultural programming, spiritual enrichment, creative arts and, of course, volunteer outreach.
For more information on Covenant Village of Turlock, visit www.CovenantVillageofTurlock.org.